Consider third party certification
Third-party certifications like Energy Star, LEED®, BREEAM, Green Globes, and EarthCraft give owners of residential and commercial properties verification that their structures are energy- and water-efficient and environmentally friendly.
Choose your materials wisely
Whether selecting FSC-certified wood, using insulated concrete forms (ICFs), or opting for regionally produced brick or tile, the materials you use have a big impact on your building’s environmental footprint.
Follow the sun
If you are building from scratch, you have an opportunity to orient your building optimally. Since we live in the northern hemisphere, sunlight always comes from the south. Therefore, orienting the building southward allows you to capitalize on capturing the sun’s rays in winter for warmth and shading in summer for cool. Judicious use of awnings and shades greatly assists home and building-owners in using the sun to their advantage.
Catch that water
In Nashville, we are lucky to have an abundant water source in the Cumberland River. Sometimes, though, too much rain in a short period can overwhelm our streams and rivers and lead to flooding. Homes, offices, and other facilities can help mitigate floods like this by installing water catchment infrastructure onsite. Whether you choose rain barrels, a bioretention area, pervious pavers, or greenspace and trees, this green infrastructure helps keep stormwater onsite during a heavy rainfall.
Tips for making your home or office more energy efficient can be found on our the “Energy” page of the Socket website.